Supply Chain Movement 20 – Trends & Consulting

Contents Supply Chain Movement 20: Trends & Consulting – 2016 Q1

Publishing date: 26 February 2016

6 | News & Background

  • New business models are essential
  • Winner and loser of last quarter
  • Gartner and Supply Chain Media formalise partnership
  • Gradual changes in the European supply chain consulting market


10 | SCM Consulting Map Europe 2016

The major consultancy firms are still acquiring smaller niche competitors to intensify their supply chain expertise. At the same time, the supply chain specialists are expanding across Europe and even into North America. Following on from its other two highly popular subway maps of supply chain software vendors and logistics service providers, the quarterly magazine Supply Chain Movement has now published the third edition of the Consulting Subway Map Europe showing the European supply chain consultancy sector.

12 | Profile Hans Willems, Vice President Supply Chain Europe, Boston Scientific

A Boston Scientific medical device is used somewhere in the world every two seconds, but the company is much more than a medical device manufacturer. Supply chain has played a crucial role in its evolution into a provider of solutions for hospitals. The firm’s lean engineers and supply chain engineers help hospitals not only with inventory management and logistics but also with process improvements in catheterisation labs, for example. A decade of internal costsaving measures at Boston Scientific has led to creative, state-of-the-art solutions such as a genetic algorithm that calculates the optimum packaging size to minimise the amount of empty space being shipped.

18 | Management: Supply Chain Consultancy reaches a turning point

Consultants used to spend months conducting research, only to present clients with a lengthy report that subsequently ended up in a drawer. But it now seems that those days are behind us as a growing number of consultancy firms are helping clients to implement their recommendations through training, coaching, tools, dashboards, secondment, interim management or even by taking over entire planning processes. And a lengthy report is no longer effective nowadays – by the time the report has been written, the conclusions are already outdated.

26 | Global Trade Map

International trade can entail significantly more risk than straightforward domestic business-to-business transactions. In collaboration with Amber Road, Supply Chain Movement has put together this Global EU Trade Map which provides an overview of current EU trade agreements and an insight into potential trade risks and how to mitigate them.

28 | B to C e-commerce puts pressure on supply chains

Manufacturers find themselves at a crossroads. How can they best serve their traditional retail channels and at the same time capitalise on the shift towards direct selling to consumers? In 2015 over two-fifths of European consumers bought a product directly from a manufacturer and 53 per cent of these purchases were made online, according to a report published recently by JDA Software. It is a strong message to manufacturers that digital commerce is here to stay and they need to make serious decisions about how to make it profitable if they haven’t done so already.

33 | Facts & Figures: supply chain talent

34 | Mindmap Global Logistics Integration

The world is becoming smaller and larger at the same time through globalization and the internet. Goods have to be transported across the globe and across the neighbourhood. To manage this logistics complexity while adhering to customer service standards and incurring reasonable costs, companies need Global Logistics Integration. Supply Chain Movement and software vendor Eyefreight have therefore developed this mindmap for Global Logistics Integration, outlining the route to achievement and providing road signs to flag potential hazards along the way.

37 | Checklist Supply Chain Optimisation

The business complexity is increasing all the time due to globalisation, big data and dynamic interdependences. It is becoming ever-more difficult for supply chain professionals to make the right decisions. Supply Chain Media, software vendor Aimms and consultancy firm Districon have put together this checklist for supply chain optimisation.

39 | Tools & Technology

  • Improved flexibility along the entire supply chain

41 | Supply Chain Agenda of Johannes Giloth

Nokia’s 150-year history is one of reinvention; recently it has been changing and innovating almost as fast as the telecommunications industry itself. In 2013 Nokia took full ownership of Nokia Siemens Networks, buying the other half of the venture from Siemens, and 2014 sold its handset business to Microsoft. Today Nokia Networks, one of the corporation’s two businesses, serves more than 600 customers globally. These include the world’s largest mobile operators, such as China Mobile, Vodafone and Airtel, who in turn have almost five billion subscriptions. Nokia is currently preparing for another major change, its purchase of Alcatel-Lucent, which is expected to close in Q1 2016.